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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sometimes you need a little instant gratification

I'm working on two big projects: Shakespeare Cardigan and Color Affection. Although I am enjoying them, I really needed to start and finish something in quick order.
Malabrigo Rasta is perfect for this.  It's 100% merino, super bulky, 2 sts/1", 90 yards of hand-painted loveliness.  One of the most satisfying yarns out there.  I had a break in the day where I could sit outside and enjoy the day.  I cast on for the LTYC Super Bulky Cowl.  The pattern called for #15 needles, so I used #13.
Tucker's leash is lodged under my chair to allow for hands-free doggie sitting.  He kept entangling himself around the patio furniture.  Creates a good mental exercise in how to extract himself.  Time consuming too.
The color is "Azules", a beautiful blending of blues, purples and a little teal.
Literally an hour later I was halfway through the skein.  When I reached 7" (arbitrary), I switched to #15 needles so that the bottom of the cowl would be subtly larger than the top.  It's barely discernible.  It makes the cowl open up a little.
I'd say all in all, this cowl took no longer than 2.5 hours.  I feel revitalized and ready to tackle the bigger projects.  Definitely worth the price of admission.


Anonymous said...

Love this! Really beautiful.
Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

Love this! Really beautiful.
Love, Mom

Ann said...

Give me that puppy!

We've been tethering Samson to keep him from running off.
He hates it with a passion.
For such a smart dog he either can't or won't get himself untangled. sigh

Anonymous said...

Hey there..need some help! I am a new knitter and am knitting this cowl with Malabrigio Rasta Belgium chocolate wool.. my problem is, my cowl seems to be coming up in a ‘pattern’ and definitley not ‘twisty’ like I see in all these photo’s! Anyone else experience this? Thanks!

Pam said...

Dear Anonymous,

When you say 'pattern' do you mean that the colors are pooling? If so, it's because it's a hand-dyed yarn and sometimes that just happens. If you send me a picture, I might be able to give you more of an answer.